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|Jack Horner: Shape-shifting dinosaurs - TED.com|
Where are the baby dinosaurs? In a spellbinding talk from TEDxVancouver paleontologist Jack Horner describes how slicing open fossil skulls revealed a shocking secret about some of our most beloved dinosaurs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxVancouver; TED; Talks; biology; paleontology; science; 2010
|Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque - TED.com|
Imagine what we could learn about diseases by studying the history of human disease, from ancient hominids to the present. But how? TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an achaeological geneticist, and she's found a spectacular new tool -- the microbial DNA in fossilized dental plaque.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; medicine; paleontology; science; TED2012; 2012
|Jack Horner: Building a dinosaur from a chicken - TED.com|
Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; genetics; paleontology; science; 2011
|Louise Leakey digs for humanity's origins - TED.com|
Louise Leakey asks, "Who are we?" The question takes her to the Rift Valley in Eastern Africa, where she digs for the evolutionary origins of humankind -- and suggests a stunning new vision of our competing ancestors.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; anthropology; apes; evolution; human origins; humanity; paleontology; science; 2008
|Zeresenay Alemseged looks for humanity's roots - TED.com|
Paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged looks for the roots of humanity in Ethiopia's badlands. Here he talks about finding the oldest skeleton of a humanoid child -- and how Africa holds the clues to our humanity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; anthropology; exploration; global issues; human origins; humanity; paleontology; science; 2007
|Paul Sereno digs up dinosaurs - TED.com|
Strange landscapes, scorching heat and (sometimes) mad crocodiles await scientists seeking clues to evolution's genius. Paleontologist Paul Sereno talks about his surprising encounters with prehistory -- and a new way to help students join the adventure.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; animals; biology; children; education; evolution; exploration; history; life; paleontology; science; TED2005; 2005